Tarique’s legal notice to PM

Dhaka — BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman on Wednesday sent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a legal notice for making ,what he described, a ‘false’ statement against him.The notice sent to PM’s office via post asked Hasina to retract her statement in 28 days and seek an apology for making the statement.
BNP joint Secretary General Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon sent the notice on behalf of Rahman that threatened the PM with legal action in an appropriate court, if she did not retract the statement and seek apology.
The notice refers to the Prime Minister’s speech delivered at a rally in Moulovibazar Govt High School on Dec 1.
“Khaleda Zia has said that her sons lead honest lives. Money laundered by her sons was brought back home the day she had made the statement. The Awami League government did not file this case,” Hasina is purported to have said in the speech that was quoted in the legal notice.
“The case was filed in an American court. Many expatriates (Bangladeshis) live there. You please see in which area of London her son lives. Which car does he use? How lavishly does he live? From where all these money come? Where else could it be if not (earned) through corruption,” she is supposed to have said in the speech.
“Her sons own restaurants, houses and cars abroad…Tarique is leading a luxurious life in London by laundering the money while BNP was in power,” the Prime Minister is believed to have said in the speech.
The legal notice said that since the Prime Minister’s speech was widely covered in both print and electronic media, it defamed Tarique and harmed his goodwill.
The notice said Rahman has refuted the allegations against him, and that Bangladesh Bank did not bring back any laundered money either.
It also claimed that Tarique was not accused in any case in US, and that he did not own any restaurant or house in London.
“He (Rahman) is leading a very ordinary life in London, and only for the purpose of treatment.”
“My client does not own either in his name or in the name of any relative any property abroad. He is an established businessman in Bangladesh. He has always been an honest, transparent and committed businessman. Moreover, he is a regular taxpayer and he does not have any concealed property. He was never involved in any corruption or money laundering,” the legal notice said.
(Source: bdnews24.com)

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